In a big blow to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen’s poster boy Burhan Muzzafar Wani (21) was shot dead by security forces alongwith two of his accomplices in Kokernag yesterday.

The killing of Burhan, son of a headmaster and a school dropout, was described by Director General of J and K Police K Rajendra as a major success for the security forces because he was allegedly instrumental in brainwashing many local boys to take up the gun.

‘Yes’, was his cryptic reply to a question whether Burhan was killed in an encounter with security personnel.

Immediately after the news of Burhan’s death spread, pro-Pakistan slogans were heard in downtown Srinagar with people coming out on the roads and burning tyres.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the area tonight.

Giving details, highly placed sources in the state government said the encounter followed pinpointed information received about the presence of three highly trained terrorists in Bumdoora village at Kokernag in South Kashmir. The identity of the third militant was yet to be established.

A resident of Tral, on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Burhan carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head while Sartaz, who was a re-cycled terrorist, was involved in many terror-related incidents.

Burhan is believed to have taken to the gun to avenge his elder brother’s humiliation by the security forces who made him do squats after picking him up apparently without any basis.

Violent clashes broke out in several places of Jammu and Kashmir with situation particularly “bad” in south Kashmir, the police said. More than 90 of those wounded were security personnel, senior police officer SM Sahai said.

“Deeply anguished at the loss of precious lives, pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet. Central forces have been sent to aid the police in Kashmir.

There is curfew in large parts of Srinagar and several areas of south Kashmir. Security forces were attacked and attempts were made to snatch their weapons. Many incidents of stone pelting and arson were also reported.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that “disproportionate use of force for crowd control results in loss of precious lives” and urged the police to follow Standard Operating Procedure. “I express profound grief over the tragic death of the youths and extend my heart-felt condolences to the bereaved family members,” she said in a statement. Senior police officers at a press conference today said they were practicing restraint.